California has the two largest clean-tech job markets in the country, clean-tech research and publishing firm CleanEdge.com says.
The website's latest job trends report shows that the San Francisco Bay Area is No. 1 in the country for clean-tech jobs. The Los Angeles region is No. 2. The Golden State had two other cities in the top 15; San Diego is No. 7 and Sacramento is No. 15.
There are a number of good-paying jobs in clean-tech, too – and many of them don't require an advanced degree. CleanEdge.com crunched the numbers on a variety of clean-tech positions in collaboration with Payscale, a compensation data service, and found that the job with the highest median salary – energy efficiency finance manager, at $107,000 – only requires a bachelor's degree.
Positions in the clean-tech sector may become easier to find as renewable-energy projects get ramped up. Yet the clean-tech jobs of the future might be located predominantly in China. CleanEdge.com notes that the country now installs more green energy capacity than either the U.S. or the European Union.
Young people hoping to work in green-tech should have myriad opportunities available – but they may want to learn Mandarin to be safe.